The sixties were not just an era that gave the global socio-cultural fabric a brand new weave, it encouraged a progressive artistic thought which manifested itself in everything which represented that decade. Watches of that time celebrated this revolution and combined the traditional luxury of high quality watches with a sense of practicality which saw them stepping into a brand new era.
An epoch making era, perhaps unparalleled in its collective consciousness and the spirit of change that it birthed, the Sixties were one of the most vibrant decades in history. It was a time when the old order gave way to a new and youthful zest that rewrote the socio-cultural handbook and changed the world forever. It was a mood that Chopard understood well. An artisan of emotions since 1860, the Maisonis a flag bearer for modernity in the traditionalworlds of jewellery and watch-making.
Built on an illustrious family legacy and a rich heritage of horology, Chopard has always been fearless about walking towards ingenuity and innovation in jewellery and watch-making. It greeted the Sixties with a collection of strikingly contemporary watches that represented a brand new aesthetic. The dials were manufactured from minerals, hardstones including lapis lazuli, malachite and jade or tiger’s eye that were set on heavily textured white gold.
Fifty years on and Chopard reinvents that glorious era and the watches it crafted to celebrate it, with L’Heure du Diamant, eight new timepieces which draw their inspiration from the original 1969 models and reinterpret them in the contemporary context. This is a collection that brings together the best thatthere is in the worlds of fine jewellery and finewatch-making to create a modern classic that resonates with facets of the era of its birth even as it looks forward to the future.
Each creation has a dial that has been crafted from a captivating mineral – midnight blue,gold-flecked lapis lazuli; a forest green malachite with velvety texture and swirling striations; abright and sunny sky-blue turquoise and a dark black opal with intense greens and reds. These mesmerising dials are encircled by brilliantly cut diamonds which create a striking contrast between sheen and shine and make the L’Heuredu Diamant collection glow with the fire ofcreativity.
That is not to say that the new Chopard collection eschews technology in favour of aesthetics. The L’Heure du Diamant collection is powered by the automatic 09.01-C calibre with a 42-hour power reserve, a testimony to Chopard’s exceptionally skilled artisans. An unmatched combination of science and artistic expression, in L’Heure du Diamant, Chopard has created the perfect watch for our times.